God’s creation set the stage for an adventure in daydreaming: blue skies, cool breeze, and a sunny bright day. Before I knew it, I allowed myself to be swept up into the image of a mighty wind which I assumed, of course, was the Holy Spirit. I encountered a...
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Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. As we continue in this series on the Mass, today we’re going to be talking about the Liturgy of the Word. This is the first half of Mass where we really dive into the scriptures and help receive the Word of God into our hearts and let it bear fruit in our lives.
So we hear a bunch of different readings during this first part of the mass. The first reading we hear is from the Old Testament, and for me these are really opportunities for us to see how has God made promises to his people and how has he kept those promises. A lot of the promises that he makes during the Old Testament aren’t fulfilled until Jesus, and Jesus is the fulfillment of all of God’s goodness and his promise to his people. So as we look at these readings, it’s an invitation for us, for ourselves, and for our families to think about, “When has God made promises to me?” or “When has he asked me to wait on something? When have I had to trust in his timing? How has he proven his faithfulness to me and to these people that we’re hearing about in the Old Testament?”
The next reading that we hear or we go through is the psalm. They call this the responsorial psalm because there’s a call and a response. Typically on Sundays we sing this psalm. Now the Psalms are a book in the Bible that are composed of, some people call them poems or songs or prayers or praises, all these are correct. Most of them were written by King David, and what I love about the Psalms is that they really show how we can turn to God in prayer no matter what is going on in our lives.
So sometimes the Psalms are really coming from a place of deep despair, and you’ll hear the person who wrote the psalm cry out, “God you’ve abandoned me! I’ve been forsaken! I’m in the depths of the grave! Where are you?” Then other times in the Psalms we’ll hear the psalmist say things like, “God your name be blessed, and you have changed my life and you have filled me with joy and hope and you’re like the dawn” and it’s complete opposite.
We can reflect more deeply on the readings, and again let them affect our hearts and hopefully our lives.
And so I think our invitation for the Psalms is when we hear one on Sunday to ask ourselves and our families, our children, spouses when is a time in your life where you really felt like this psalm was expressing what you were going through? So if the psalm is something that’s really coming from a place of despair, when was a time in your life when you experienced this and how did you turn to God in that? Maybe there’s a time in your life right now that you’re going through where this psalm fits. How can you pray with these words and turn to God and use this to express what’s going on in your life.
After this, we hear a reading from the New Testament, and these are from the letters written to the early Church, and what I like about these is that these readings really dive into how can we live out our faith in the challenges of our lives. So we hear about times when the early Church struggled and how their leaders coached them and counseled them and directed them to make changes and to draw deeper into community and to hear more and more what God was inviting them into. So we can ask the same question. Where am i struggling in my faith? How can I take the advice and the counsel offered in that New Testament reading and apply it to my life this week?
After that we hear the Gospel, and this is the reading that we stand for because it’s about Jesus’s life, and we’re standing to recognize that he’s present there in a powerful way when we hear about his life and we hear about what he taught and the things that he did, his healing works and his miracles. So it’s an invitation for us to think about how do I see Jesus at work in my life today. We’re able to ask the question all right based off of this account from Jesus’s life that I just heard, what do I now know about Jesus or what did I discover about him that’s new or how can I turn to him in new ways or how can I grow in trust of him? How can I see him more at work in my life based off of the way that he encountered the people when he was here in the world?
I think it’s a beautiful thing for us as families to read the readings before we go to Mass because then we’re not hearing them for the first time in the pew. It’s something that we’ve taken time to reflect over during our week leading up to Mass. I know that lives are busy, and so it’s hard to do that sometimes. I would say find a time where you’re already together, maybe in the car, on the way to school, or if you’re able to have dinner together as a family use that time to just, one day during the week, read the gospel for the coming Sunday, and ask about what do you think this means? What do you think the priest is going to talk about? How do you think this applies to your life?
And those are just a couple of ways that we can reflect more deeply on the readings, and again let them affect our hearts and hopefully our lives. We’ll be praying for you at Ablaze Ministries, that you’ll enter more deeply into the Liturgy of the Word the next time you go to Mass. From all of us here, God bless.
In this video, Matt Rice talks about our Sunday obligation. How does Sunday Mass make you & your family feel? Why is the Mass such a central & important part of our faith? Matt answers these questions & more!
Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. My name is Matt Rice with Ablaze Ministries and this series we’re talking about the Mass. Why the Mass? Specifically today, I want to talk about why do we go to Mass? What is Mass? And, all of this begins with God like who is God?
So, we believe as Catholics we believe that God is infinite. He’s omnipotent. We also believe that he is good. He is all goodness, and with the infiniteness and the goodness of who God is that says a lot about what we need to do in response to who he is. So if God is good, then he is deserving of worship. We owe it to him to worship Him. Looking at what he’s created here, the fact that he created me, that he loves me, that he wants me to be with him forever, that is worthy of worship.
He’s also infinite. So how do we worship Him? We absolutely can worship him through song, songs that we write. I’m not gonna write any songs cause I’m not creative like that, but I love singing praise and worship songs. Every one of those songs though was written by a finite human person, and as such it’s just it’s gonna be a finite form of worship.
So no matter what we come up with on earth is gonna be a finite form of worship of this infinite God. What God did though was he sent his son and his son established an infinite way of worshiping him. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharist for us to be able to worship Him infinitely in his body and his blood and his sacrifice of the Cross. What we believe as Catholics, it happens at the Mass, we are made present again at the sacrifice of the cross, and that worship is infinite. That is the infinite worship of an infinite God, an infinite good God.
So no matter what we come up with on earth is gonna be a finite form of worship of this infinite God.
So if you have any doubts about what it is that we’re doing there, Jesus in John 6:50 tells us about this, specifically in John 6:53-55. “Jesus said to them, ‘Amen amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of the man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.'” I don’t know about you, but I want that life within me. He says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day, for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” That is what we get to participate in Mass, that is what we get to do every single Sunday.
Now as humans we typically say, “Okay, what’s the least that I have to do?” And the Catholic Church said, “Okay okay. Everyone’s gonna ask this what’s the least I have to do, and they said you know what you have to go to Mass at least once a week,” and so that’s what they call the obligation. We’re obliged to go once a week and receive the Eucharist, if we’re in a state of grace to do so. So a lot of us see that as an obligation, oh it’s a requirement, but think about it this way, Jesus like we’re supposed to be closer to Jesus than we are our spouse. Do you think loving your spouse is a requirement? Is that an obligation that you just don’t feel like you should do.
So that’s a way that I think we need to look at this obligation is what’s the least that I can do to love Jesus, to spend time with him. What’s the least amount of worship that he deserves, that this relationship deserves. That’s why the Church said that this is the obligation.
Do you think loving your spouse is a requirement? Is that an obligation that you just don’t feel like you should do.
So my hope is that you’re able to enter into the Mass a little more fully with what it is, this sacrifice of the Mass, and that you’re able to just love Jesus through that. God bless. We’ll see you next time.
Alyssa Trutter is back with Beyond the Pew, and this week she talks about one of her favorite ways to read the Bible. Imaginative prayer is about diving into Scripture and asking God what He wants us to learn.
Welcome to Beyond the Pew. In this episode, we’re going to be talking about prayer with Scripture, ways that you and your family can enter more deeply into the Word of God.
Today we’re going to focus specifically on imaginative prayer. This is one of my favorite ways to pray with Scripture and even in general, to just pray. It’s a time where you’re able to take a passage and really picture it in your mind and enter into it yourself.
So to do this, you first want to select a passage and you’re looking for a passage that tells the story, probably from Jesus’s life, but tells a story that’s very vivid, that has a lot of imagery that has a really elaborate setting, something that you can take time to imagine. So an example of that might be Jesus calming the storm at sea, where you could picture the waves and hear the wind or see the boat and hear the Apostles talking to one another. Another example of that might be the woman at the well. So you can picture the day being hot and the sight of the well there.
It’s a real beautiful way to have Scripture come alive for you.
So you’re looking for something that has a really detailed setting so that you can take time to enter into it. Once you select this passage, read through it slowly and as I said go through and see all of the different details in your mind. Going through your five senses really helps with this. So what do things smell like if you were there? What would things sound like? What would you see? What would you feel? So take the time to really picture that and to imagine that.
And then, as you do that, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what details really draw you in, where does your focus go. And they might seem like silly things at the time but what you’re gonna do with these details that catch your attention is you’re going to start to talk to God about them. So you might for example, using this story of Jesus calming the storm again, one of the things that really might draw you in is the size of the waves, the size and the sound of them as they beat against the boat and that’s just really drawing you in and catching your attention.
So once you’ve read through the passage and you’ve pictured this whole story in this whole scene if that’s where you’re drawn, ask God about that. “Lord, what is it about these waves? What does this remind me of? What does this make me think of about what’s going on in my life right now? Are there things that just seem to continue to beat up against me, continue to weigh me down or continue to scare me or frighten me or intimidate me.” So you can talk to the Lord about these things that catch your attention. It’s a real beautiful way to have Scripture come alive for you.
I think praying in this way is a good opportunity for you to talk to your children about how they picture these Gospel events. So you can each take time to pray with the same same passage individually, and then come together afterwards maybe over dinner or in a car ride and discuss what stood out to you. Maybe it’s the waves, for somebody else it might be the sound of the wind or it might have been Jesus walking on the water or calling out to the storm. Whatever it is, it’s an opportunity for you guys to share these different parts of Scripture and then to share about the ways you think that the Lord is speaking into your life, the things that he’s trying to teach you when it comes to this kind of imaginative prayer.
Good luck diving into Scripture in this new and exciting way. Please know that we will be praying for you at Ablaze Ministries. Thanks and God bless.
Sometimes the Bible can be intimidating at a glance, but with the right tools & resources, your family can receive the Word of God and allow it transform your home. In this video, Matt explains why you NEED to start a bible study with your family.
Welcome back to Beyond the Pew again. My name is Matt Rice, and today I want to talk to you about family bible studies, actually sitting down as a family reading scripture together and reflecting on it. Many of us Catholics, sadly, we haven’t spent a lot of time in bible studies.
So when someone says the word bible studies, we actually don’t know what they mean. Sometimes we’re like, “Wait, hold on. Does that mean I have to have a theology degree? Does that mean I have to know everything about the scripture?” Absolutely not. A Bible study is honestly just your take on the scripture and sharing that with the people that you’re with.
So you would find a particular scripture that you would read aloud, everyone in the group and let’s say your family would share about what that means to them like what came out to them. If there was a specific word they really just caught their attention and talk about why it might have caught their attention.
Read that scripture and just reflect on it together as a family. What does it mean to you? How can you apply it to your life?
Now that actually is probably a little higher level Bible study for a family, especially depending on the ages. So my youngest is three and my oldest is thirteen. So that level of Bible study might work for my thirteen-year-old but it wouldn’t work for my seven-year-old or my five-year-old. So we actually use a devotional if you will it’s called Jesus is Calling. There’s actually one that’s an adult version and then there’s this kids version, and I actually like the kids version better. The reflections seem to really fit really well with where my kids are in their life.
So our family Bible study is relatively short and it’s in the mornings. We do it before we leave the house. So we’ll sit together, we’ll go to the day that this particular devotional is set to, we’ll read the scripture that’s at the top of it, and then we’ll read the reflection on it. And that’s basically what our Bible study looks like in the morning.
Now sometimes you might be able to spend a longer time in Scripture, so let’s say your family is going to Mass next Sunday, which hopefully you are, you get to sit down and look at the scripture that you’re gonna read at Mass that week. So sometimes during the week whether it’s Wednesday or maybe even Sunday morning before you go to Mass, sit together as a family and reflect on the Gospel. Start there, that would be relatively simple because the Gospel readings are really easy to find, you can go to USCCB.org and find the readings for the next week, and it will give you is exactly what you’re gonna hear at Mass.
So you sit down together as a family, open up with the sign of the Cross, read that scripture and just reflect on it together as a family. What does it mean to you? How can you apply it to your life? Is there a word that you don’t understand? Look it up. And that’s where having a Study Bible will really be beneficial, because there are ideas and concepts and words in scripture that aren’t part of our everyday language and our everyday understanding. So those footnotes in a Study Bible will help you to understand that a little bit more.
My hope for you again is that you dive into Scripture as a family, that you spend some time studying God’s Word and allowing him to love you and to love your family through that. God bless
The New Testament of the Bible is the history of our Church. But how much of it have you read? In this video, Taylor challenges all of us to take the time to read the Acts of the Apostles, as they began preaching the Gospel, to be inspired by the letters of Paul & early Church leaders, and to dive into the Book of Revelation, which should inspire a hunger for the Mass.
Howdy and welcome back to Beyond the Pew. My name’s Taylor, and it’s great to be here with you on another week of Beyond the Pew in our series on the Bible. So today we’re going to be looking specifically at the New Testament, except for the Gospels. We covered that last week. We’re looking at the book of Acts. We’re looking at the letters written to the churches to individuals, and then that crazy book of Revelation, that nobody seems to understand, we’re gonna try to shed some light on that a little bit as well.
So first of all, the book of Acts is my favorite book in the Bible, hands down or hands up, I don’t know what I’m doing, hands down my favorite book in the Bible. It’s the story of the young church, so Jesus ascends into heaven, promises the Holy Spirit, they receive the Holy Spirit the Apostles do, the disciples do on that first Pentecost, and when the Holy Spirit comes it changes everything. It turns these guys who were scared to even be around the crucifixion into some of the greatest preachers of all time. These guys who were simple fishermen that weren’t brainiacs but now all of a sudden, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they’re able to preach, that people want to be converted. They’re able to walk by and people are healed. They’re able to raise people from the dead.
It always reminds me of the power of prayer, that the power of believing in the Holy Spirit, and the power of knowing that God really can do the impossible
These are just stories that every time that I’ve read through the book of Acts, it’s not that long you read like a chapter a day and finish in about a month, it always reminds me of the power of prayer, that the power of believing in the Holy Spirit, and the power of knowing that God really can do the impossible when it seems like there’s things that God can’t fix in your life. He absolutely can. You can find that in the book of Acts.
Then, there’s the bulk of it is all these letters. In the book of Acts we see the conversion of so many different people, and one of those is Paul which is a great thing otherwise the New Testament would be very, very short, because he wrote the bulk of it. In these letters to churches, he would travel around plant churches and then send them letters on how they were doing. He would hear how they were doing, and address how they can continue to grow in holiness and grow in the truth, knowledge, and love of Jesus Christ.
It says in the scriptures that his word never comes back void
So that’s the primary thing that these letters are for, is to one, let us know the story of Jesus and what he did for us, but also to call us to greater holiness, to challenge us into greater holiness. Reading these letters is one of the best practical ways to assess yourself and to grow in your personal holiness. I promise you if you’re reading these letters that you cannot read them and walk away without becoming a better spouse, a better parent, a better person because these are the things that God wants to share with you on how you can grow and be more and more like him.
It says in the scriptures that his word never comes back void, that anytime that you spent time in his word, especially in these letters that are challenging you and encouraging you to fall more in love with God and with your neighbor. It will definitely accomplish what God set out to do. This happened for me when I was in college. I truly set out, started reading the New Testament, and I read the whole thing within a semester. And it truly changed my life, the most impactful semester I’ve ever had in my entire life, and then we finally get to the book of Revelation, what a doozy that one is right. Everybody’s like, “Oh it’s talking about the end of the world. It’s gonna happen on Tuesday.” No it’s probably not. People’ve been saying that for years.
So what actually is the book of Revelation? So the book of Revelation, it is written by John when he had a vision of what heaven would look like. And what it really is, is an allegory trying to give people hope. They lived in a time where they were persecuted, where people were being martyred for the faith, and John wrote this to essentially say all the bad things that are happening in your life right now, there’s going to be a place, this heaven, that is going where there’s no more tears, there’s no more sorrow, and it’s going to be this great wedding feast of the Lamb.
And speaking of that wedding feast of the Lamb, that’s the other major part of this book of Revelation, is that it’s actually about the Mass. This is crazy! It’s something that I didn’t learn until a couple of years ago, but if you think about like when you go to Mass, you hear holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts, this is us participating in the worship that the angels are constantly doing in heaven. And when like the Mass is truly when heaven meets earth, and we become one with God when we receive the Eucharist. There are so many dozens and dozens of parallels between revelation and the Mass, where heaven and earth are finally touching, and that’s ultimately our final goal is to get to heaven. So all of these books are trying to help us to do that.
John wrote this to essentially say all the bad things that are happening in your life right now, there’s going to be a place, this heaven, that is going where there’s no more tears, there’s no more sorrow, and it’s going to be this great wedding feast of the Lamb.
My challenge for you: the New Testament, if you read two chapters a day you can finish it in almost a little over four months. I would challenge you to do that, just for yourself, as a parent, as a spouse, and maybe to spend some time and ask your kids some questions about it as well. But let’s work on you and me here this week, and I want to take that challenge up with you.
Thank you guys for listening. I hope it helped you out. God bless you and yours, and we’ll be back next week on Beyond the Pew.
Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. As we continue this series on Scripture, we’re going to be focusing today on the life of Jesus.
So there are four different books in the Bible, the Gospels, which means “good news,” these four books tell the good news of Jesus and focus in on his life and tell us about who he is. Those four books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Now just because there’s four, doesn’t mean that these books all contradict each other or they’re telling different stories or giving us different perspectives on Jesus to the point where they contradict each other, that’s not true, that’s not happening.
They’re, a lot of times, telling the same stories but really just highlighting different parts of who Jesus is. It would be the same thing if you asked your spouse to tell someone about you or your child to tell someone about you or your boss to tell someone about you or a friend of yours, they’re all going to highlight different things about you because their relationship with you is unique. That same thing is going on in the Gospels. It’s not that some aren’t true or some are contradicting one another, no, they’re just highlighting different parts of who Jesus is.
So one of the things that you see in Matthew’s Gospel, is he’s highlighting a lot about who Jesus is as a Jew, because Jesus is fulfilling all of these different requirements or different things that the Messiah was said to have. So there are prophecies about who this Messiah will be, and Matthew is going to highlight a lot of those, and you won’t see those same themes in Luke’s Gospel.
It’s not that some aren’t true or some are contradicting one another, no, they’re just highlighting different parts of who Jesus is.
If you’re looking for a Gospel to start reading, Mark’s is the shortest, and it’s really action-packed. A lot of the sections start, “And Jesus did this, and then Jesus went here and immediately.” So it moves pretty fast, and it’s the shortest of all of them. So maybe give that one a try if you’re looking for a place to get your feet wet, start with Mark’s gospel.
A few things for you to know, just to set the scene culturally and politically about the Gospels, there are a few things going on in this part of the world at this particular time period that are important to know. Sometimes I think those can be stumbling blocks if we don’t know what they are, because Jesus came at a particular time in history. So if we don’t know what’s happening, we’re gonna feel lost.
So a few of those are that everybody is looking for the Messiah, this Anointed One. God’s people are seeking to know who is this person who’s going to come save us and restore us to God, who’s going to free us from sin. And there have been other people who have been around at this time who have claimed to be the Anointed One, claimed to be the Messiah or other people, followers who have thought that they found the Messiah and that it wasn’t the right person. You see some of the people in the Gospels thinking that John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, is the Messiah, so everybody’s trying to find this Messiah, and they’re trying to figure out if it’s Jesus. So that comes up a lot in the Gospels.
God’s people are seeking to know who is this person who’s going to come save us and restore us to God, who’s going to free us from sin.
Another major thing going on is that Rome has taken over this part of the world. So there’s a lot of distrust towards the Romans and a lot of hostility towards Rome and you see that throughout the Gospels because Rome is there, the Jewish people are trying to get any kind of power and authority that they have left. So there’s a lot of power plays happening between the religious leaders, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who don’t like Jesus and see him as a threat, and then you also have King Herod who’s really more of a figurehead. He doesn’t have a lot of authority at all, but it makes it look like Rome’s not in complete control even though they are. So just know that that’s a little bit of the political scene going on, so that when you read these things in the Gospels, you’re not completely thrown off.
Some things that you see Jesus emphasizing in the Gospels, he’s really focused on helping us understand the truth of God’s love for us. He came that we would understand God’s mercy, and so you see him teaching and preaching to try and help us better know God’s love for us and to know how to respond to that, to know what it means to live as a follower of him, to know what it means to live as a child of God. So Jesus is constantly going around trying to preach truth.
You also see him trying to bring life. So he’s going around and he’s working miracles, and he’s bringing healing to people, not because he’s trying to show off, but because he’s trying to free us from anything that would bind us, and he’s doing this in a physical way because he wants to set us free from from our ailments and from death. But he’s also trying to show us that he wants to do that in a spiritual way as well. He wants to free us from our sins. So, you see those two things.
A few other examples of what Jesus is doing in the Gospels, he talks about his father all the time because that’s where his heart is. He loves his father, and he shares that relationship with his father with all of us. That’s why he came, to reconcile us, to bring us back into relationship with God the Father. That’s why he dies on the cross, to free us from sins and from anything that would keep us from living in the love of God. In John’s Gospel alone, Jesus talks about his father 108 times. That’s his main focus. It’s a priority for everything that he does. He’s constantly trying to point to the Father.
That’s why he dies on the cross, to free us from sins and from anything that would keep us from living in the love of God.
Another major thing he’s doing is gathering followers to establish a church. He wants to be able to spread the truth and the life that he has to everyone in the world, not just in this tiny little region of the Holy Land. And he wants this message to be spread, not just while he’s walking around on the earth, but for hundreds and thousands of years to come. And that’s why the church is so important, and that’s why he’s taking time to found and establish the church by calling followers to come after him.
And the last thing you see that I want to highlight is his emphasis on the Holy Spirit. He talks about the Holy Spirit coming to continue to teach us truth and to fill us with life, and that the Holy Spirit will enable us to know him more deeply and to remain close to him, even after he dies and rises and now is in heaven. He sends us his spirit so that we would be close to him, and so that we would live as children of God, and so that we would do even greater things than he did. That’s his hope. Those are his words.
So these are things that Jesus focuses on in the Gospels, and we should look for these things and try and learn more about them as we read the scriptures. We will be praying for you at Ablaze and hoping that you’re diving into the Gospels. Again, we recommend starting with Mark. Please know that you are in our prayers, and we hope that these videos help you really dive into the Word of God. From all of us at Ablaze, God bless.
Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. My name is Matt Rice, and this series we’re gonna start diving into Scripture a little bit, more specifically, on how you can start to study Scripture together as a family. In this first episode, this first one in the series is going to be real basic.
So if you know Scripture, then this may be very rudimentary for you. But, if this is your first time actually sitting down to crack open the Bible and to start really to digest it, then this will be really good for you.
So what I always do when I talk to people about Scripture is, I point out to them as Christians like our focus is the New Testament. But out of the whole Bible, it’s a very small portion of Scripture. So just as a visual, you can see right here that about a quarter of this Bible is the New Testament. And so, this is what we focus on mostly as Christians.
It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ton of value in here, but as far as what we focus on typically, it’s New Testament because that’s where we get to hear about the life of Jesus, his miracles, and the forming of the Church and what the new Church did in the New Testament. It’s just really exciting stuff for us Christians. We get to see a lot of the background and a lot of our heritage that came from our Jewish roots in the Old Testament.
So basically the structure of the Bible is relatively simple. It’s like a library. It’s not a book, it’s a series of books. So just like you wouldn’t walk into a library and pick up a book that is in the first book that starts with “a” and start reading, you go to the library you find the book that interests you. You find a style of writing that interests you. So that’s what you do when you go into Scripture, when you want to first start diving into it. Start looking at something that you’re interested in.
For me, I love action. I like seeing stuff happen and hearing about things happen, so, to be honest, I’d turn to Acts of the Apostles when I really want to be inspired and I want to look at this. So I’ll flip to Acts of the Apostles and there is action, there’s something happening over and over again in Acts. If romance is something that you enjoy, honestly Song of Songs. The Song of Solomon is what you would want to read in this. There’s some really beautiful language in that and honestly my wife and I, on the inside of our wedding rings, we have a verse from there which is, “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.” There are all types of different types of literary styles in Scripture, and just find the one that best suits you.
So the way that the scripture is set up is with chapter and verse. So when someone says, “John 3:16,” you look for the book of John, which that is one of the Gospels, one of the four Gospels, you have Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. So you’ll turn to John 3. And you’ll see at the top, it’ll say John 3, and then you’ll look through the the Bible itself and it’ll say chapter 3. You go down through John 3 you look for 16. So John 3:16 then we see, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.”
The reason it’s set up that way is it so that it’s easy to find. Those chapters and verses were not originally put in there with the text, they were put in there for us. So that we can easily reference God’s word, because this is meant to be something that we devour, that we that we look through and we pray through and we invest in.
A lot of times as Catholics we will get so comfortable with hearing Scripture at Mass, because we hear a lot of scripture at Mass, that we think like that’s enough, but it’s not enough. We have to dive into this ourselves as a family and at home, and my hope is that you find a Bible like this, this is a Catholic edition of Scripture and it’s got footnotes in it, which will help you as you’re reading through it, so it’s a study Bible.
There are devotionals as well, Catholic devotionals, that will help you dive into it a little bit deeper, but my prayer for you is that you find that, you find a Bible that you want to dive into and invest in and that you spend time in God’s Word daily and especially as a family. And we’ll dive into that a little bit later in this series. Thanks for joining us. God bless